How to Show a Tenant-Occupied Property During Social Distancing

Property Manager with Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

This question is all over property management and real estate groups on Fb.....and my response is that it can be done.


First, the seller or their professional property manager should have photos of the property VACANT.  I take my NEXT marketing photos right before the CURRENT residents move in...good camera, flash, blinds least 2 per room so I can market for next renters or provide if owner wants to sell.


Prospects' agent needs to have qualification/lender's letter to provide to listing agent and request 2 times for their clients to view.  Seller's agent or property manager should provide those 2 times to tenants, ask when would be most convenient time for them to vacate home for 15 minutes and whoever accompanies the prospects should leave a $50 Amazon gift card on the kitchen counter for the residents.


Forget what the lease says.  Make it worth the tenants' while to leave their home, go to a park, walk the dog, go to the grocery store...It can be done!



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Wallace S. Gibson is a Certified Property Manager with over 50 years of property management experience and expertise.  She maintains a specialized property management business in Central Virginia serving Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna and Louisa counties  


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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Wallace S. Gibson, CPM first and foremost, it's nice to see you here today.... and your post is right on target, as usual.... we are showing vacant apts. at this point and renting them.... we haven't had to address the situation with tenants living there,YET.....

Mar 23, 2020 05:48 AM
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
Serving Coastal San Diego, Veteran's & Seniors

The shelter in place responsibility says stay home unless you are heading to the grocery store, medical or out walking your dog. No one should be showing property right now; too many health risks. Vacant properties only (in non-shelter in place counties) I suppose if you have to ignore the CDC and still work with clients right now, but you're violating the essential work only order. It shouldn't take mandatory shelter in place common sense from the CDC though. We are all hurting, yet we're all doing our part to squash this virus.

Mar 23, 2020 06:22 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Wallace - it is good to "see" you here and your appearance today via the reblog by Barbara Todaro made me realize I wasn't following you(or had mistakenly deleted).  


Mar 23, 2020 07:05 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Wallace. What a smart post and approach to tenants. I always treated my tenants very very well and it usually worked for me. 

Mar 23, 2020 07:25 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  Stay safe and have a great week.

Mar 24, 2020 02:11 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

These are trying times for Property Mngrs !  Showing and no Rent Pmts !!!!!!

Apr 01, 2020 06:49 PM